Benito Lopez: Taking Full Advantage of a 50/50 Opportunity

“However small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there.”

—Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—

Benito ‘The Golden Boy’ Lopez (7-0) recently received MMA’s ‘Golden Ticket:’ a chance to compete in the hottest mid-week MMA show on the market against Steven ‘Ocho’ Peterson (15-5).

The only thing guaranteed to contestants of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series (DWTNCS): a thorough evaluation of skill and ‘it’ factor. Even inches away from Dana White, the UFC’s figurehead, in the  quaint setting of the TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) Gym, the athletes featured each week on the UFC Fight Pass series can rest assured that they’ll be handed a worthy adversary; moreover, a strong performance is key to unlocking the door from dreams into reality. On August 22, 2017, the budding prodigy out of Team Alpha Male (TAM) will highlight the fluency of his attributes; thus, justifying Lopez’s place amongst the UFC’s elite bantamweights. 

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”

—Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—

Truth is, most MMA fans tune-in to DWTNCS without much certainty about who fills either corner of the Octagon. Normally touting unknown talent is promotional suicide, except the concept of DWTNCS centers around the construction of future stars in the sport.

Although Lopez’s hair is a split-decision—half blonde, half black—the twenty-three year old, his TAM support system, and swelling following in the region are well aware of the explosive power he possesses to, potentially, blow the bald mind of his prospective boss, which is a necessary ingredient in earning the invitation to the UFC. A stat absent from Lopez’s records: an uncanny ability to pump the electric bill of a bustling metropolis through the veins of his rural hometown—Oroville, California. In his previous three outings, the Gold Country Casino & Hotel was stuffed to the rafters to witness the continued ascent of ‘The Golden Boy’ in their beloved ‘City of Gold.’ Under a work order from King of the Cage (KOTC), Lopez made mince-meat of each foe who dared to enter his backyard; most notably, his early 2016 contest, entitled KOTC: Home Turf, drew to a close after only eight-seconds melted from the clock.

Much like Lopez, his counterpart on August 22nd, Steven Peterson, launched into MMA as a flyweight but soon outgrew such a compact exoskeleton. A close examination of Peterson’s last seven scraps reflects a respectable run, winning all but one; in contrast to Lopez, Peterson also owns nearly triple the experiences to place under the microscope. Having traced a path alongside those at LFA (Legacy Fighting Alliance) and Legacy Fighting Championship on AXS TV, Peterson will be poised to press Lopez in his sternest test to date on Episode 7 of DWTNCS.

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